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The Ubiquitous John Munch

Updated on December 30, 2010

John Munch The Smart Detective and Conspiracy Theorist

I always wanted TV cross overs when I was a kid. I fantasized about Audra from 'Big Valley' meeting Little Joe from 'Bonanza, among others.

Today in the world of spin offs it isn't unusual for a character to appear on more than one show and in this day of cross promotion, for a character to make a guest appearance on other shows.

The King of this is Detective John Munch originally from Baltimore and now New York, Munch has solved or help solve a lot of crime. Well, into his sixties, he is still going strong long after lesser cops would have just gone fishing.

Three reasons to love John Munch

1. "Munch has been the only fictional character played by a single actor to appear on eight different television shows. These shows were on four different networks: NBC (Homicide: Life on the Street, and Law & Order franchise), FOX (The X-Files, Arrested Development), UPN (The Beat), and HBO (The Wire). His upcoming appearance on Paris enquêtes criminelles will increase the total to nine shows on five networks, with the new network being TF1. An appearance on Law & Order: UK would bring the total to ten shows on six networks, with Law & Order: UK being shown on ITV1. Munch has also been one of the only television characters to cross genres, appearing not only in crime drama series, but also the genres of sitcom (Arrested Development) and horror and science fiction (The X-Files).

A muppet representation of Detective Munch appeared in the Sesame Street sketch "Law and Order: Special Letters Unit". (Wiki)

2. John Munch is a curmudgeonly detective with a soft heart for victims. He is snarky and hard on criminals, sarcastic about marriage, but sometimes sentimental about his many ex-wives.

3. John Much keeps us all abreast of the latest conspiracies.

Richard Belzer And John Munch Solve a Mystery

This is a great book for anyone who likes mysteries, but its a special treat for Law and Order: SVU fans. Its written, by actor Richard Belzer, who plays John Munch. Richard Belzer, not John Munch who solves the mystery. The action takes place in between Belzer's appearances on the set while playing John Munch. It has a noir feel to it and we even get some of Belzer/Munch's conspiracy theories!

Lots of fun, great for a rainy day or the beach!

Quick, what do you think of John Munch?

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John Munch

" Without metaphors, what are we left with? We have a riddle, surrounded by a mystery, wrapped inside of an enigma and stuffed inside a body bag. "

Detective John Munch With Baltimore Homicide: Life on the Street Dectectives

Detective John Munch With Baltimore Homicide: Life on the Street Dectectives
Detective John Munch With Baltimore Homicide: Life on the Street Dectectives

John Munch: Homicide Life on the Street, At His Conspiritorial Best

Detective John Munch's Two Biggest Jobs

Is John Munch Better At Homicide Or Special Victims?

"Homicide: Life on the Street" Is The Best and Here Is Why.....

"Homicide: Life on the Street" Is The Best and Here Is Why.....

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  • 7Suze7 6 years ago

    I loved Homicide and glad to see that Melissa Leo is finally making the big time!

'Law and Order SVU' Is The Best and Here Is Why......

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  • Julia1000 4 years ago

    Munch is the man :-), never seen Homicide, so have to go for SVU

  • anonymous 6 years ago

    I like him best in SVU.

  • Nathalie Roy 6 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

    I love him in SVU, he adds a little "light" to very dark stories.

  • julcal 8 years ago

    i have to vote for L&O because that's the one I saw him on most. I don't watch TV, but my husband does. And once in awhile at night i would join him just to relax and L&O would be on. I always, always love to see this guy on the screen. GREAT character.

  • drifter0658 lm 8 years ago

    If I have to choose (dang it!), I'd say SVU. He shown a deeply emotional side at times on that show.

John Munch on Law and Order SUV

John Munch on Law and Order SUV
John Munch on Law and Order SUV

John Munch On Law and Order SVU

John Munch on Lies:

Cox: Don't you even wonder why?

Munch: Why what?

Cox: Why he lied.

Munch: I'm a Homicide Detective. The only time I wonder why is when they tell me the truth.

The John Munch Muppet: Special Letters Unit

The John Munch Muppet:  Special Letters Unit
The John Munch Muppet: Special Letters Unit

John Munch, The Muppet on Seasame Street

John Munch Muppet and John Munch Fans

Law and Order is one of the most popular and well known series in the history of TV with 3 highly successful and only one failed versions. Sesame Street added its own version in Special Letters Unit

John Munch has his own bloggers. I didn't look to see if poor Richard has blogs entries and MySpace page devoted to him, but John sure does. Check them out, some great stuff. f="

John Munch My Space Page

The Wire

Kottke.org

8000 degrees of John Munch

I get asked for his autograph all the time,

John Munch's Alter Ego, Richard Belzer

John Munch's Alter Ego, Richard Belzer
John Munch's Alter Ego, Richard Belzer

John Munch Alter Ego Richard Belzer on the Stand Up Stage

John Munch Alter Ego Richard Belzer Interviewed About Shows

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John Munch in Homicide Life on the Streets

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Dectective John Munch of Special Victim's Unit

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      John Munch is definitely one of my favorites! I did not know there was a Munch muppet. Sweet!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Richard Belzer plays John Munch perfectly, I always like when Much gets a bit more air time. I didn't know he did stand up, another cool tribute Margo!

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      Nathalie Roy 6 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      I also do love this character a lot. It is one of my favorite TV character ever. Very curious to read the book he wrote, I was not even aware he did write. I think I am going to pick this up for my summer reading.

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      rwoman 6 years ago

      I've always loved Munch -- I still miss Homicide...

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      7Suze7 6 years ago

      This is amazing, the character is almost a real person

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      Andy 6 years ago from London, England

      I didn't realise he had been in so many shows.

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      julieannbrady 7 years ago

      Oh gosh ... now I can say that I know a bunch about John Munch! ;)

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      julcal 8 years ago

      opps, there are your stars :)

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      julcal 8 years ago

      Margo I LOVE this lens! What little TV i watch this is one character I really enjoy. He's a real guy! I loved the stand-up. My fav author is Rushdie so i appreciated that one 5* a FAV and all that other stuff!

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      drifter0658 lm 8 years ago

      Gotta love Munch. I remember Belzer when all he did was stand-up, and he was aces.

      I like this lens based on a fictional character, and once again Margo; you did your homework.

      Thanks!

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      margodiva 8 years ago

      He is cool in an odd way. Great lens! *****